Working in my own garden and reading the Nature Principle by Richard Louv has really got me excited about expanding gardening and “greening” opportunities for others. It could also be the start of the fall season with all its apples, cider, and winter squash. And of course the beautiful colors of our tree canopy. Whatever the reason, October is a great time to support community gardening initiatives and the development of a healthy food system. There is no better way to improve the food system than to provide education, healthy & sustainable food, and gardening experience to school-age youth through programs like Growing Healthy Schools Week.
Growing Healthy Schools Week celebrates school gardens and farm to school programs throughout DC. During the week, school staff will work with local non-profits, farms and chefs to coordinate inspiring activities aimed at engaging the broader community, increasing environmental literacy, building program capacity, and connecting students to their food. You can volunteer with the program – or support the initiative by having dinner out with friends, family, or co-workers.
To celebrate the Kick Off of Growing Healthy Schools Week, the EatWell DC Restaurant Group is running a restaurant fundraiser for DC Greens and the DC Farm to School Network (which is a program of DC Greens) on October 15th. Through their GiveWell DC initiative, EatWell DC will donate 15% of all purchases made between 4 pm and 10 pm at any of their 5 restaurants: Commissary, Logan Tavern, The Pig, The Heights, and Grillfish.
Share the event on facebook and schedule a date, happy hour, or dinner with friends, family or co-workers. It’s an easy way to support a fantastic program.